High Point Market Spring 2012 - Part 3: Certified Organic
If I polled interior designers, I bet all of them at one time or another base their concept for a space on some element of nature. As an instructor of interior design, I hear it all the time from my students: "I wanted to bring the outdoors in." It's a no-brainer: natural elements provide form and texture. Their primitive and earthly origins connect us viscerally to our surroundings in a way that man-made and machine-crafted materials cannot. So it's no wonder that at High Point, furnishings made of natural materials were a mainstay. A trend? Hardly. A fundamental.
At Market, Global Views introduced their Teeter Totter Stone Table with a terrazzo top and cut travertine base. In two sizes--a large coffee table with a 40-inch diameter top and a smaller end table with an 18-inch diameter top--the table can be used inside or out.
I absolutely adored the Phillips Collection Freeform Consoles. Made of species like teak, rosewood, and monkey wood, these tables are as close to nature as one could get, short of rootwood.
Phillips also fashions slabs of wood into coffee tables and in a similar vein, makes bronze facsimiles as benches.
This woven Abaca ottoman or coffee table by Made Goods shows tremendous versatility: the top lifts off for storage.
I was fascinated by the tables below and other pieces by Mr. Brown. They have a multi-layered paint finish which is applied by hand, so no two are alike. The finish is called "putty." But to me, it had the feeling of gesso--a mixture composed of paint, clay and animal-glue binder--which is an old-world multi-layered finish (gesso is mostly known as a substrate for paint canvases). The finish on these pieces was so textural and complex. But I wondered if it was practical. I mean, really? Can you put a drink on it? No worries though: there is a protective topcoat. You'd treat the tables like any fine piece of furniture.
Currey & Company featured a similar gesso-like applied finish on their Amedeo Table Lamp in Ancient White and Applied Rust.
Speaking of table lamps, natural materials featured prominently on lamp bases at Market. Zentique showed this twig lamp base on their large Le Sculpture Lamp.
Arteriors featured hand-thrown terracotta lamps with earthly glazes. Below left is the Treva Electric Moss lamp and on the right is the Wagner Organic lamp with pistachio glaze.
If you want to go organic, though, my favorite of the Arteriors lamps was this Wyatt Clay white porcelain lamp. Straight out of Chez Flinstone in Bedrock.
Underwater water elements surfaced (ha ha) at High Point also. These tables by Mr. Brown and Julian Chichester showed the color variations possible in urchin bone. Cool bases too!
This mirror from Made Goods was overlaid entirely with cut shells. An amazing pattern and feat of delicate handiwork as you can see from the close-up.
On the wall, if you like skins, this laser-cut Hair-on-Hide by Gold Leaf Design Group was fabulous. I could see it hanging as a pseudo-headboard in a master bedroom. Talk about sensuous! Skip the bear-skin rug.